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Scholz sticks on his wellies to inspect damage caused by flash floods and landslides

Scholz sticks on his wellies to inspect damage caused by flash floods and landslides

Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday toured rain-hit regions of south-west Germany, where rivers have swelled and caused flash floods and landslides. A huge downpour on Friday in the German state of Saarland deluged buildings, left streets deep underwater and sparked evacuations, with rescuers carrying stranded residents to safety in boats. German emergency workers were on...

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Mandatory heat pumps abolished as farmers’ party takes net zero fight into heart of Dutch government

Mandatory heat pumps abolished as farmers’ party takes net zero fight into heart of Dutch government

Compulsory farm buyouts will now be replaced with a voluntary scheme, which was one of the Dutch Farmer-Citizen Movement’s (BBB) conditions for entering government with Mr Wilders. The BBB triumphed in regional elections after a vote dominated by the tractors’ protests that inspired similar populist uprisings against EU green rules across Europe. In the general...

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Dutch far-Right government set for immigration showdown with EU

Dutch far-Right government set for immigration showdown with EU

Frans Timmermans, the former EU climate chief and leader of the opposition GreenLeft–Labour party, said the pact was “disastrous”. Mr Wilders, an ardent eurosceptic, was forced to ditch a campaign promise to hold a Brexit-style Nexit referendum and sacrifice his hopes of being prime minister to get the deal over the line. The prime minister...

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The Netherlands veers sharply to right with new government dominated by party of Geert Wilders

The Netherlands veers sharply to right with new government dominated by party of Geert Wilders

THE HAGUE – Anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders and three other party leaders agreed on a coalition deal early Thursday that veers the Netherlands toward the hard right, capping a half year of tumultuous negotiations that still left it unclear who will become prime minister. The “Hope, courage and pride” agreement introduces strict measures on asylum...

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A Dutch anti-Islam party says it’s brokered a provisional coalition deal for a hard-right government

A Dutch anti-Islam party says it’s brokered a provisional coalition deal for a hard-right government

BRUSSELS (AP) — Anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders and three other Dutch party leaders said Wednesday they have brokered a provisional coalition deal in a move that brings closer a government driven by the hard right in yet another European Union nation. The party leaders said that they will put the text to their party backbenchers...

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Pictured: Dutch pensioner builds five-storey castle in his back garden

Pictured: Dutch pensioner builds five-storey castle in his back garden

A 76-year-old Dutchman has single-handedly built a five-storey castle in his back garden, complete with knights, damsels, and a shimmering dragon fashioned from recycled metal. The towers of the Olt Stoutenburght Castle (“Old Naughty Citadel”) rise unexpectedly from the flat fields around the tiny village of Blesdijke in the northern Dutch countryside. Gerry Halman, who...

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Dutch artist expelled from Eurovision Song Contest is likely to face charges, Swedish police say

Dutch artist expelled from Eurovision Song Contest is likely to face charges, Swedish police say

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Netherlands’ contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest who was dramatically expelled from the competition hours before the grand finale will likely be charged for making illegal threats, Swedish police said Monday. Joost Klein had failed to perform at two dress rehearsals on Friday and the organizer, the European Broadcasting Union...

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Dutch contestant kicked out of Eurovision hours before tension-plagued song contest final

Dutch contestant kicked out of Eurovision hours before tension-plagued song contest final

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — The Netherlands’ contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest was dramatically expelled from competition hours before Saturday’s final of the pan-continental pop competition, which has been rattled by protests over the participation of Israel. Competition organizer the European Broadcasting Union said Swedish police were investigating “a complaint made by a female member...

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Nine commercial agreements sign between Kazakhstan and Netherlands

Nine commercial agreements sign between Kazakhstan and Netherlands

By Alimat Aliyeva, AZERNEWS Kazakhstan and the Netherlands have signed nine commercial agreements aimed at developing bilateral relations in the fields of agriculture, healthcare, ecology, transport and logistics, Azernews reports. VISCON Company and the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of an automated planting material production center with...

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What is the International Criminal Court and why it has Israeli officials worried

What is the International Criminal Court and why it has Israeli officials worried

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Israeli officials sound increasingly concerned that the International Criminal Court could issue arrest warrants for the country’s leaders more than six months into the Israel-Hamas war. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has written in general terms about ICC action against Israeli troops and officials, and Israel’s foreign ministry has said it...

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